hemistich

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noun hemi·stich \ˈhe-mi-ˌstik\

Definition of hemistich

  1. :  half a poetic line of verse usually divided by a caesura

Origin and Etymology of hemistich

Latin hemistichium, from Greek hēmistichion, from hēmi- + stichos line, verse; akin to Greek steichein to go — more at stair


First Known Use: 1575


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